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Aspull
Orrell
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - South Lancs & Cheshire Division 2 Full time

It was a raucous atmosphere for Orrell’s visit to Woodshaw Park for the return away fixture against Aspull.

Aspull RUFC vs Orrell RUFC, Saturday, 29 April 2018 Ex-players from both sides met for a reunion of old adversaries, and they were not disappointed with play from the field.

Aspull RUFC vs Orrell RUFC, Saturday, 29 April 2018

Ex-players from both sides met for a reunion of old adversaries, and they were not disappointed with play from the field.

Aspull weathered ten minutes of Orrell pressure, to score a break away try through good running from their half backs and centres. This was converted, and the process repeated just five minutes later to leave a stunned Orrell 14-0 down.

Typical grit from Lloyd Davies, Dan Huxley, and Jonny Pegg then kicked in, each crashing through the desperate tackles of the Aspull forwards, and Pegg barged over in the right corner on twenty minutes to make the score 14-5. The home side scored a few minutes later until Craig Thomas converted a penalty on 32 minutes to make it 21-8 in the home side’s favour.

Aspull again pressured the Orrell line, following an injury to Chris Wynne, and scored just on half time to lead 26-8 at the break.

Orrell had a re-shuffle at half time bringing on James Glover and Brad Garner for centre Tom Halsall and number 8 Carlton Bramwell. Orrell, buoyed by slope advantage took the game to Aspull, and on 52 minutes a quick tap penalty taken by Adam Worley gave Matt Johnson a try in the left corner, converted with a great kick from Thomas.

Another Orrell change ensued, with Halsall returning for Worley, with Kie Herbert moving to 9 and Halsall to 10. Moments later great link play between the Orrell forwards and backs resulted in a good try from Brad Garner, to improve the score line to 26-20 in Aspull’s favour.

Orrell now had the bit between their teeth, and constantly pressured a faltering Aspull, until Craig Thomas scored in the left corner, but could not convert his own try.

The Aspull 12 then took a short kick off which was caught by his own forwards who then put pressure on Orrell, with some good mauling play which took them close to the Orrell line. On 70 minutes, following repeated infringements by the Orrell forwards, Lloyd Davies was sin binned, but great concentration and determined tackling from the Orrell defence allowed Kie Herbert to clear his lines. This resulted in a break away by Orrell, some great passing and an innovative chip by Matty Johnson resulted in him scoring again in the left corner, which Thomas converted to put Orrell in front, the score line now 32-26 in their favour.

From further good mauling by Aspull the home side rallied, taking the play to the left side before two rucks to their right resulted in a try for them under the Orrell posts, to put them back into the lead at 33-32.

Orrell again showed stern resolve and pressured the home side. A superb break moments later by Pegg with a 60-yard run down the left side of the field took his team mates to within reach of the home side’s line. Aspull now under severe pressure conceded a penalty just outside their 22-metre line, near to the left touchline. With almost the last kick of the game Thomas converted a superb penalty kick to win the game 35-33.

An outstanding team performance by Orrell, and a much-deserved derby match win.

Aspull RUFC 33 – Orrell RUFC 35

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Winnington Park 26 125
2. Liverpool Collegiate 26 107
3. Heaton Moor 26 101
4. Aspull 26 95
5. Didsbury Toc H 25 76
6. Orrell 26 75
7. Wigan 26 68

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